Graduate Programs in Psychology Dr. Michael Anziano Graduate Degrees in Clinical and Counseling Psychology M Ed. In Counseling (education Masters) MA or MS in Counseling Psychology MA in Clinical Psychology MSW (masters in Social Work) Psy D. (Doctor of Psychology) Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Graduate School Admission Criteria Criteria Importance GRE / GPA Gen. High Research Experience High ** Related Work Experience Medium Letters of Recommendation High ** Statement of Goals/Objectives High / Med. Related Public Service Low / Med. Interview High Extracurricular Activity Low / Med. ** Always or Nearly Always Rated High Psychology MA or MS Programs Admission is less competitive – Mean GPA typically 2.75 – 3.0 – Median GRE usually 500 Verbal; 540 Q Completion Time Median is 2 years Types of Programs (Examples) – General Psyc MA – Psyc Research or Doctoral Prep MA/MS – Clinical MA some with MFT emphasis – Counseling Psyc MA – Forensic Psyc MA (Univ. of Denver) Psychology MA or MS Programs More students accepted – larger cohorts (e.g., 20-40 students may be admitted each year) Internships usually required for Clinical or Counseling Psychology MA Univ. counseling services / community Off-campus clinic / Therapeutic setting Can be a route to acceptance in Ph. D. Program – e.g., In 2003, 8/12 Ph.D. candidates in Counseling Psychology at Denver Univ. went to MA Program at D.U.! MA Programs: 2002-03 examples GRE: V; Q A c c . R a te C a l S ta te , N o rth rid g e 500; 540 1 7 /2 0 G en M A P e p p e rd in e U n iv . 470; 500 4 2 /1 2 4 C lin ic a l M A U n iv N . C o lo 500; 500 2 0 /2 5 S chool C ouns. M A U n iv . o f D e n v e r 530; 560 3 0 /9 0 C ouns. P syc M A U n iv . N . A riz o n a 475; 455 2 1 /5 6 M Ed / MA S chool C ouns. H u m b o ld t S ta te n o m in im u m 1 0 /1 5 G en. M A G R E n o t re q u ire d fo r S o m e p ro g ra m s PsyD. – Professional Degree Programs Admission fairly competitive - 4 –5 years to complete Usually offered in Schools of Professional Psychology Less research oriented – more applied / practice Prepares one for work in clinics, hospitals, private practice and state licensure. Involves assessment, clinical skills,& treatment of psychological problems. Internships required 2nd/3rd year PsyD. – Professional Degree Programs Some programs offer specialty areas – for example: Clinical Psy D Forensic Psy D or Psy D / JD comb. Clinical Neuropsychology Psy D Health Psychology Psy D Ecosystemic Child Clinical (Alliant U) Larger class size admitted - examples: 42/120 admitted 117/184 admitted 71/159 admitted PsyD. – Professional Degree Programs: DRAWBACKS EXPENSIVE !! Tuition high / Financial aid low Not much in grants, scholarships or TA or RA opportunities. Students often older Median GRE approximately 575 for Verbal and Quantitative PsyD. Programs (APA accredited) Program GRE V,Q Accpt.Rate Tuition $ Aid $ Pepperdine Univ. 520; 560 47 / 90 Med Fair Univ. of Denver 550; 570 32 / 125 High Fair Alliant Univ. (Calif) not req. 54 / 114 High Poor Pacific U. (Oregon) 530; 570 62 / 115 Med Good Wright St. Univ 510; 540 32 / 174 Med Good (Ohio) American Prof. Sch. not req. 106 / 192 Med Poor Ph.D. Programs in Psychology Admission most competitive – especially Clinical Psychology programs Very small cohorts admitted - e.g., 6 –15 new students each year in University Programs Example: U. of Ariz. (2002-03) – Clinical Psychology: 8 / 211 accepted More research-oriented in all Ph.D. areas. – One is “expected to contribute to growth of knowledge” Breadth and depth of research required Doctoral Dissertation may take 1 – 3 or more years to complete... Ph.D. Programs in Psychology Many areas of specialization: – Clinical, Counseling, Social, Experimental, Developmental, Neuroscience, Ethology, Educational, Cognitive, etc. Median # of years to complete = 6 Tuition varies, but Financial aid often excellent. With so few students all will generally get some funding – e.g., TA or RA paid position Tuition remission; Grants and scholarships Ph.D. Programs in Psychology Research or Clinical experience weighted heavily in admission decisions. GRE scores very important. Consider Counseling Psych Programs housed in Colleges of Education (vs. Psych Dept. Clinical) Some Professional Grad Schools offer APA accredited Ph.D. Ph.D. Programs – Clinical Psychology (APA accredited) Program GRE V,Q Accpt.Rate Tuition $ Aid $ Idaho State 540; 600 20 / 35 Low Excel. Univ. C.U. Boulder 615; 695 6 / 185 Low Good Univ. of 560; 660 5 / 136 Med Excel. Washington Univ. of 620; 620 13 / 118 Med Excel. Montana Ph.D. Programs in Counseling Psychology Program GRE V; Q Accept. Rate Tuition $ Aid $ C.S.U. Fort Collins 650; 650 14 / 147 Low Good Univ. of Denver 575; 615 12 / 85 High Good U.C. Santa Barb. 550; 550 16 / 180 Med Good Florida St. Univ. 550; 550 8 / 45 Med Fair Univ. of Indiana 530; 625 9 / 107 Med Excel Univ. of Kentucky 3.37 GPA 11 / 21 Med Excel. MSW Programs Admission competitive, but requirements vary (e.g., GRE may not be required for admission) Preparation for working with youth, families, agencies, community organizations, government Careers in Dept. of Social Services, Community Mental Health Centers, Child Welfare Agencies, Social Policy and Community Organization Approximately 60 credit hours… Takes 2 – 3 years to complete MSW Programs Many programs consist of: Foundation Year and Concentration Year. Typical concentrations: Clinical Practice: social work counseling with couples, families. Child welfare issues, High-Risk youth, adult health/ subs.abuse Community Practice: Organization and Policy issues, social change, community leadership, agency reform, etc. Admission: Generally a BA plus 20 semester hours in social/behavioral science (e.g., psychology) GPA: approximately 3.0 minimum GRE not required for some programs (e.g., U of Denver) Any questions?
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